Travelers, Immigrants, Inmates

Travelers, Immigrants, Inmates

by Frances Bartkowski
     
 

ISBN-10: 0816623619

ISBN-13: 9780816623617

Pub. Date: 03/28/1995

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

Travelers, Immigrants, Inmates was first published in 1995. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.

Identities are always mistaken; yet they are as necessary as air to sustain life in and among communities.

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Travelers, Immigrants, Inmates was first published in 1995. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.

Identities are always mistaken; yet they are as necessary as air to sustain life in and among communities. Frances Bartkowski uses travel writings, U.S. immigrant autobiographies, and concentration camp memoirs to illustrate how tales of dislocation present readers with a picture of the complex issues surrounding mistaken identities. In turn, we learn much about the intimate relation between language and power.

Combining psychoanalytic and political modes of analysis, Bartkowski explores the intertwining of place and the construction of identities. The numerous writings she considers include André Gide's Voyage to the Congo, Eva Hoffman's Lost in Translation, Sandra Cisneros's House on Mango Street, Zora Neale Hurston's Dust Tracks on a Road and Tell My Horse, and Primo Levi's Survival in Auschwitz.

Elegantly written and incisive, Travelers, Immigrants, Inmates stands at the crossroads of contemporary discussions about ethnicity, race, gender, nationalism, and the politics and poetics of identity. It has much to offer readers interested in questions of identity and cultural differences.

Frances Bartkowski is associate professor of English and director of women's studies at Rutgers University in Newark. She is the author of Feminist Utopias (1989).

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816623617
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
03/28/1995
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.69(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Who Speaks?
Travel as/is ...
Time and the Traveler: Victor Segalen's Exoticism5
Seeing Is Believing: Andre Gide's Voyage to the Congo, Roland Barthes's Empire of Signs, and Michel Butor's Mobile18
Voodoo and Fetish: Zora Neale Hurston's Tell My Horse and Mary Kingsley's Travels in West Africa35
Among Camels and Women: Elias Canetti's Voices of Marrakesh53
Casablanca Revisited: Caryl Phillips's The European Tribe63
From Snakes to Ice: Tete-Michel Kpomassie's An African in Greenland72
Going North: Zora Neale Hurston's Dust Tracks on a Road91
"Where Do You Live?" Sandra Cisneros's House on Mango Street101
Careless Baptisms: Eva Hoffman's Lost in Translation109
Speaking Memory: Charlotte Delbo's None of Us Will Return127
Time and the Other Laid Bare: Primo Levi's Survival in Auschwitz and Liana Millu's Smoke over Birkenan140
Speaking of Travel...156
Notes159
Bibliography171
Index181

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